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This triumphant and genuinely revolutionary book began as an exceptional woman's attempt to find out who and what she was. It ended up shocking, infuriating, and galvanizing millions of readers and dramatically revising the way women talk and think about themselves. Drawing on extensive interviews with women of every age and station of life, masterfully synthesizing research about women's bodies and psyches as well as their historic and economic roles, The Second Sex is an encyclopedic and brilliantly argued document of inequality and enforced "otherness." Forty years later, it retains all of its vitality and passion, while confirming Simone de Beauvoir's stature as one of the most significant thinkers of the twentieth century.

Review:

"To take on this glorious and fantastic book is not like reading at all — from the first sentence to the last, one has the sensation of playing some dreadfully exciting...game....What is so unbearably whirling is that the author too goes through this mad effort to include nearly every woman and attitude that has ever existed." Elizabeth Hardwick

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"It is a truly magnificent book, even if sometimes irritating to a mere male." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

Synopsis:

The classic manifesto of the liberated woman, this book explores every facet of a woman's life.

About the Author

Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. She died in 1986.

Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, both American, are longtime residents of France and former teachers at the Institut dÉtudes Politiques in Paris.

Judith Thurman, author of Isak Dinesen and Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Vintage Edition

Book One: Facts and Myths

Part One: Destiny

1. The Data of Biology

2. The Psychoanalytic Point of View

3. The Point of View of Historical Materialism

Part Two: History

4. The Nomads

5. Early Tillers of the Soil

6. Patriarchal Times and Classical Antiquity

7. Through the Middle Ages to 18th Century France

8. Since the French Revolution: the Job and the Vote

Part Three: Myths

9. Dreams, Fears, Idols

10. The Myth of Woman in Five Authors

      a. Montherlant or the Bread of Disgust

      b. D.H. Lawrence or Phallic Pride

      c. Claudel and the Handmaid of the Lord

      d. Breton or Poetry

      e. Stendhal or the Romantic of Reality

      f. Summary

11. Myth and Reality

Book Two: Woman's Life Today

Part Four: The Formative Years

12. Childhood

13. The Young Girl

14. Sexual Initiation

15. The Lesbian

Part Five: Situation

16. The Married Woman

17. The Mother

18. Social Life

19. Prostitutes and Hetairas

20. From Maturity to Old Age

21. Woman's Situation and Character

Part Six: Justifications

22. The Narcissist

23. The Woman in Love

24. The Mystic

Part Seven: Toward Liberation

25. The Independent Woman

Conclusion

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egb16, January 14, 2014 (view all comments by egb16)
The description for this item is inaccurate. This is not the new, unabridged translation, it is a reprint of the original 1952 translation. If you want the unabridged edition, don't get this one.
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gkenyon, December 1, 2008 (view all comments by gkenyon)
Wrong, and wrong.
This is not the best translation available from the French of Le deuxième sexe, it's the only one. The publisher (Alfred A. Knopf) who owns the translation rights is blocking the release of a new complete translation, as has been demanded by Beauvoir and by her literary executor.
It was done by a zoologist with no background in feminism or in philosophy. About 200 pages of content are cut, and what was cut shows a sexist bias toward the content in the original French. Philosophical concepts are mangled by the translator and it is in fact impossible for the English-speaking reader to fully understand the thesis put forth by Beauvoir without consulting a version in another language or a work that outlines some of the discrepancies in the Knopf version.

As much as this is a fantastic and essential book, it will be best to wait for the release of a new English translation (which is rumoured to be forthcoming).

refer, if you like, to this new york times article:
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http:// query.nytimes.com/ gst/fullpage.html?res= 9402EED6163F F931A1575BC0A962 9C8B63&page wanted=all
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venusinfauxfurz, April 23, 2007 (view all comments by venusinfauxfurz)
The best English translation available, although there are a few rough patches and is actually an abriged version of the original French text. Translation issues aside, it's a good edition of a very important book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679724513
Author:
Beauvoir, Simone De
Publisher:
Vintage
Translator:
Malovany-Chevallier, Sheila.
Translator:
Borde, Constance
Other:
de Beauvoir, Simone
Author:
Malovany-Chevallier, Sheila
Author:
de Beauvoir, Simone
Author:
Borde, Constance
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19891217
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1.32 in 1.25 lb

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Product details 800 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679724513 Reviews:
"Review" by , "To take on this glorious and fantastic book is not like reading at all — from the first sentence to the last, one has the sensation of playing some dreadfully exciting...game....What is so unbearably whirling is that the author too goes through this mad effort to include nearly every woman and attitude that has ever existed."
"Review" by , "It is a truly magnificent book, even if sometimes irritating to a mere male."
"Synopsis" by , Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.
"Synopsis" by , The classic manifesto of the liberated woman, this book explores every facet of a woman's life.
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